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Somaliland Opens New Representative Office In Taiwan

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Somaliland Opens New Representative Office In Taiwan

Somaliland, a self-declared republic neighboring Somalia, has opened a representative office in Taiwan.

The two breakaway regions, Somaliland and Taiwan, announced diplomatic relations two months ago, shrugging off furious protests from both China and Somalia.

The self-declared African nation of Somaliland touted potential oil, gas and tourism resources for investment as it opened a de facto embassy in Taiwan on Wednesday, a relationship that has angered China and Somalia.

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Somaliland’s chief representative in Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, said at the opening of the office in Taipei that they were an independent state establishing ties with Taiwan based on the common values of freedom and democracy.

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Taiwan has also opened its own office in Somaliland last month. Only 15 countries diplomatically recognize Taiwan over Beijing. In Africa, only Eswatini has diplomatic ties with country.

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Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 during the civil war. The country is not internationally recognized.

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Convoy Ambush In Eastern Congo Kills One Aid Worker

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Lubero in North Kivu

Gunmen in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have ambushed and killed an aid worker.

Aid group world vision says two workers were kidnapped and another of its employees was seriously wounded, during the attack on a convoy in Lubero in North Kivu province on Wednesday.

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The group said on twitter, world vision was distressed to receive reports of its staff member`s death in an attack by unidentified armed actors on a humanitarian convoy.

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The organization has also denounced the incident which it said was an attack on the most vulnerable children and communities the staff had been serving.

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A local official said the ambush was carried out by the militia known as the Mai-Mai which has been active in eastern DR Congo since the early 1990s.

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Angola Resumes Local Flights Operation

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Angola Resumes Local Flights Operation

Angola has begun local flights operation after authorities announced resumption of commercial flights this week following suspension since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authorities say domestic flights are now available. As the country opens up its airspace, international flights entry requirements are now compulsory from next Monday.

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The first highly anticipated roundtrip flight between Luanda and Cabinda operated on Monday and domestic flights will continue.

This marks a huge step towards economic recovery. The country has also increased testing capacity. Nearly 3,500 cases have been confirmed with 136 deaths since the start of the global Coronavirus health crisis.

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Mozambique Reports Huge Drop In Elephant Poaching

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Mozambique Reports Huge Drop In Elephant Poaching

Mozambique’s Land and Environment Minister Ivete Maibasse has said the country has recorded a 70% drop in elephant poaching.

Maibasse in a statement attributed the drop to the commitment of security forces protecting conservation areas including more investment on law enforcement, technological methods and education.

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The minister said “until 2014, we would register the loss of 1,200 elephants per year,” she said, adding that the numbers reduced to 360 elephants per year between 2015 and 2019.

According to her, the Niassa Reserve which is the largest protected area in the country, had not lost an elephant to poaching in the last two years.

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Elephants population in the area was said to have reduced from an estimated 15,400 to an estimated 6,100.

Elephant tusks are prized in Asia, where they are carved into ivory statuettes and jewellery.

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Across Africa, up to 30,000 elephants are estimated to be killed illegally each year to fuel the ivory trade.

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